News and events

News and events

You are warmly invited to our EU 2020 funded RENALTRACT symposium in Manchester, UK, bringing together clinicians and scientists, including PI’s and students, to address congenital renal disease, the main cause of kidney failure in children and young adults.

International Conference on Developmental Nephrology and Future Therapies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Central Manchester on 12th and 13th April 2018:

Registration (including lunch and refreshments) is free on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and must be submitted through the below conference website – Please book early so that we know the expected numbers for catering purposes etc. : –

We encourage attendees to submit abstracts for consideration as poster presentations relevant to the renal tract or similar organ systems.  Abstracts can describe early or finished studies in any of the following: – developmental biology, human genetic disease, renal injury and regeneration, novel in vitro or in vivo models, and biological therapies.

Confirmed speakers and provisional talk titles are found in this link and are also shown below: –

All the best
Professor Adrian S. Woolf and Ms Filipa Lopes on behalf of the RENALTRACT Organising Committee
Confirmed speakers include
Siddharth Banka, Manchester, UK
Loss of function mutations in beta-actin encoding ATCB gene cause a pleiotropic syndrome with renal defects

Carlton M. Bates, Pittsburgh, USA
Fgfr signalling in nephron progenitors: links to metabolism

Julian Dow, Glasgow, UK
What can we learn from a simple model of the kidney?

Laurent Fasano, Marseille, France
Tshz3 mouse models of 19q12-associated autism spectrum disorder and renal tract abnormalities

Natalie J. Gardiner, Manchester, UK
Diabetic neuropathy and the bladder

Nick Hastie, Edinburgh, UK
From human genetic disorders to mechanisms of development, homeostasis and repair

Sue Kimber, Manchester, UK
Pluripotent stem cells for kidney development and disease modelling

Santiago Lamas, Madrid, Spain
MicroRNAs as regulators of renal fibrosis: a metabolic vision

Zhongwei Li, La Jolla, USA
Kidney stem/progenitor cells in kidney regeneration

Cathy Mendelsohn, NY, USA
Urothelial progenitors in development, regeneration and cancer

William Newman, Manchester, UK
Genomic sequencing to unravel causes of disorders of the lower urinary tract

Randall T. Peterson, Cambridge, USA
Phenotype-based drug discovery in the zebrafish

Norman D. Rosenblum, Toronto, Canada
Hedgehog signaling and the pathogenesis of congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract: opportunities for human translation

Nancy Rothwell, Manchester, UK
A life in science

Joost P. Schanstra, Toulouse, France
Analysis of the ‘amniotic fluid -ome’ for prediction of post-natal renal outcome in congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract

Miriam Schmidts, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ciliary traffic jam: from human genetics to zebrafish

Alisa S. Shum, Hong Kong
Perturbation of retinoid homeostasis leads to reduced nephron endowment in offspring of diabetic mothers

Jenny Southgate, York, UK
Urothelium: a barrier in renal development and health

Simon N. Waddington,  London, UK
Fetal & neonatal gene therapy

Adrian S. Woolf, Manchester, UK
What do we really know about human renal tract malformations?


Do you know what Regenerative Medicine is??

Are you aware of future Postgraduate opportunities in Regenerative Medicine??

If you answered “No” to either or both of the above, then you should attend the MaRMN Undergraduate Workshop, which provides an introduction and an understanding of Regenerative Medicine to Undergraduates.

Please register for free tickets using the below Event Bright link;

The Workshop will take place on Wednesday 15th November 2017 from 1pm – 5pm in room G22 Mansfield Cooper building and lunch will be provided with drinks and networking to follow.

Undergraduate Workshop Poster


International Conference on Developmental Nephrology and Future Therapies

You are cordially invited to our EU 2020-funded RENALTRACT event called  ‘International Conference on Developmental Nephrology and Future Therapies’.  It will be held in Manchester on 12th & 13th April 2018.   Please follow the link to the website for more information.


Past Workshops:

Neuroregeneration Symposium – MaRMN & Neuroscience and Mental Health Domain

Friday, May 12th 12:30 -15:30
1.006 AV Hill Building – University of Manchester

Translational Gene Therapy – MaRM

Monday 27/03/2017, 14:00-17:70; Dalton Suite CTF.
In collaboration with Brian Bigger

NIHR i4i Funding Scheme Workshop –  MaRM & MIMIT

Thu 12/01/2017 11:45-14:30 Citylabs 1.0, Conference Room 1 and 2, Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9NQ

Novel 3D Matrices: Materials Solutions for Unmet Biological Needs – MaRM & ManBioMat

Monday 10/10/2019, 09:00-10:00; MIB, LG.010
Monday 23/01/2017, 09:00-10:00; MIB, LG.010

UK Renal regenerative medicine – a new step forward

On Tuesday 4 October, some 35 clinicians, scientists, researchers and patients came together to begin a new collaborative journey in the field of renal regenerative medicine in the UK.

Hosted and led by Kidney Research UK, the day was an opportunity to inform all present about current UK research into renal regenerative medicine, to discuss challenges and barriers to progression, and to identify opportunities for mutually agreed working and partnership.

Subjects covered included stem cell therapies, preclinical and clinical applications, funding and Brexit, and input from patients.


The day was jointly chaired by Professor Adrian Woolf, Professor of Paediatric Science, University of Manchester and Professor Patricia Murray, Professor of Stem Cell Biology at the University of Liverpool.

Professor Murray said: “I was really encouraged to see how much genuine enthusiasm there was among the participants to work together in order to put UK renal regenerative medicine research on the map. I think we can only do that by building a UK-wide collaborative network where we can share ideas, technologies and our latest research findings.”

Speaking at the end of the event, Sandra Currie, CEO at Kidney Research UK, said: “Listening to the presentations and discussions today has given us all a real flavour of the breadth of potential here across all the different areas of work. The real task is how do we do that? How do we harness the expertise, the experience and the passion demonstrated here today and use it to deliver the UK Renal Research Strategy?”

She continued, “Renal regenerative medicine is a big part of Kidney Research UK’s strategy. So we want to positively influence resourcing available for stem cell therapies and research. We can help pull together compelling arguments to attract the right funding to the right projects.

“Going forward, Kidney Research UK is delighted to begin to support multidisciplinary engagement and collaboration in this essential research and will draw patients and others into the mix with clinicians and scientists. Ultimately, it’s all about saving lives.”